So, why am I offering you this valuable information completely free?
Not many people know the secrets of a winning screenplay, but you do now. So, why on Earth would I give this information away to you, some stranger on the internet, for free? Why would I give my competition a leg-
OK, here’s my story…
My parents were heavy alcoholics and I was an only-
In the new city, my parents enrolled me in French Immersion for Kindergarten. This is where the teachers teach in French. And don’t allow English to even be spoken. Complete immersion.
On my first day of school, I asked to go to the bathroom -
ME: Can I please go to the bathroom?
TEACHER: En Francais!
ME: But, I don’t speak French.
TEACHER: En Francais!
ME: But, I don’t know French. I’ve never spoken a word of it in my life.
TEACHER: En Francais! [And something which presumably meant ‘if you want to go to the bathroom, you’re going to have to ask in French!’]
ME: You aren’t listening to me, I do not speak French -
TEACHER: En Francais!!!
ME: But, I don’t know the word for bathroom. I don’t know the word for please. I don’t know the word for ‘may I.’ You can ask me to speak French all day if you want, but I’m not going to be able to speak a word of it because I DON’T SPEAK FRENCH!!! I just need to pee.
Then, about half-
So, for the formative years of my life, I could never speak the language at school -
Luckily, the place we moved to had a den off of my bedroom! Everything else was on the main-
So, I basically hid up there watching movies for my entire childhood. A babysitter had shown me A Clockwork Orange when I was six, and I was hooked on movies ever since. So, that’s what I did, I watched movies. Religiously. All day, every day.
My friends were literally playing with dolls and watching cartoons -
The VCR was new when I was a small kid, and our family was wealthy enough that we could afford multiple. So, I ended up having three VCR’s in my room -
It wasn’t until high-
When I was 13, I purchased Roger Ebert’s encyclopedia of reviews -
There are very few people on Earth who have seen a good majority of the best films. To really have an understanding of film, you need to watch about 10 hours of films a day for maybe 20 or 30 years. Without a break. You need to see everything. Yet, almost no one can. Except the professional reviewers who do it for a job -
So yeah, that’s how I got to know film like the back of my hand. Years and years of watching an absolutely insane amount of films (by having my VCR’s back in the day through DVR’s today, I estimate that I’ve skipped well over 10,000 hours of commercials in my life). And, that’s what you need to do too, if you want to become a professional screenwriter. You need to love films.
A guy I went to film-
Anyway... My high-
I knew I wanted to make movies ever since I was a little kid. But, I wanted to go to college first, before I went to film-
Once I graduated from college (on the Dean’s List), I went to film-
When I graduated from film-
Then, I did craft-
So, I had been studying movies religiously since I was 6.
I took all the relevant courses (from high school, to college, to film-
And, once I was finished with that, I still wanted to make sure that I knew everyone’s job on-
I wanted to make sure that I made movies the right way. I spent 20+ years of hard work, all-
The first short-
My first music-
Everything was going great. I was about ready to make the best movies the world has ever seen.
And then a family medical emergency happened.
I don’t want to go into too much detail. I’m not writing a biography about my life here (outside of movies), and I would never speak publicly about someone else’s medical condition, so… I can’t really tell you what happened, I can only give you an idea of what happened.
Now, just to be clear, this is not what happened. The following is completely fictional. It’s just similar to what happened to me. To give you a vague idea of what the truth is.
Imagine you had a cousin, and he and his wife died, leaving behind a child. There are no other relatives who can take the child right now, so it’s either you or Child Services. But, you spoke with your cousin on his death-
Oh yeah, and I should probably mention that the baby is retarded -
Then, the grand-
So, yeah, that’s my story (well, not the real story, of course, but somewhat similar). That’s basically what happened to me: I spent 20 years studying film and working my way to the top of the film-
What was supposed to only be a few months of a career-
That was almost 27 years ago now.
With no end in sight.
All I’ve ever wanted to do was make movies -
I literally had studio-
It seemed like such a shame to let all this great information go to waste -
When you make it to the top of Hollywood -
|No Writing Yet|
|The First Act|
|The Inciting Incident|
|The Supporting Cast|
|The First Turning-Point|
|The Second Act|
|The Love Story|
|Screenplay Page Counts|
|Everything is Looking Good!...|
|False-Victory or False-Defeat|
|The Pit of Despair|
|The Second Turning Point|
|The Third Act|
|All Is Not Lost|
|Wind It All Up|
|Wrapping Up Your Sub-Plots|
|The Final Battle|
|Actually Writing Your Script|
|Back to the Future|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|
|T2 - Terminator 2|